They’ve Been Treated Poorly: DeSantis Vows to Pardon Those Charged With Violating Pandemic Rules
During an appearance on Fox News, Ron DeSantis vowed to pardon Floridians who have been charged with violating COVID-19 protocols.
DeSantis, perhaps the Republican lawmaker most like Donald Trump, tried to free Florida from COVID restrictions. He has often painted his state as a model of how to handle the pandemic. Despite his constant crowing, Florida hasn’t fought the virus all that successfully. The state has had the 3rd most cases and the 4th most deaths. A recent study showed that Florida has thousands more COVID deaths than actually reported.
Still, the governor feels that downplaying the pandemic is a good political strategy. During last nights appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show DeSantis discussed two gym owners who have been charged with violating protocols. “When our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons — not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing .”
Referring to people wearing masks while exercising, the governor said, “The World Health Organization advises against it. It’s not healthy for people to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction.” DeSantis closed, “And so we’re happy to use our constitutional authority. I think they’ve been treated poorly and fortunately they’ve got a governor that cares.”
Watch a video of the segment below, courtesy of Fox News:
Floridians should not be penalized for rejecting the overreach of local authorities through unnecessary mask mandates. pic.twitter.com/vf0HHfg3lY
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 13, 2021